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Parents' Guide to

Thanks for the Trouble

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intriguing romance with fantasy twist; great for guys, gals.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

No good

A teenage girl takes her own life and the boy doesn't tell anyone!
age 13+


The way tommy writes makes you want to read the book even more. I have read this book three times. It is still one of my favorites. But there are some swearing, drinking and kissing and stuff, but if your kid is mature they can handle it

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This intriguing romance brings fresh appeal to the boy-meets-girl story with a surprising fantasy twist. The framework of a college-application essay gives author Tommy Wallach (We All Looked Up) the opportunity to ask readers to decide for themselves whether to believe Parker’s story or not. It’s an engaging way to get older teens thinking about applying for college, letting go of the past, what to hope for in the future, and why people are worth taking the trouble to look at beneath the surface.

Narrator Parker is not easy to like at first, but as teens learn more about him, he becomes easy to relate to and root for. His original fairy tales blend the past and present and reinforce our understanding of Parker as a talented writer. Without an ounce of sap, this refreshing, modern, bittersweet love story will appeal to boys and girls alike.

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